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About Us
Welcome to the Oregon Coastal Management Program
Mission Statement
View south from Ecola ParkThe Mission of the Oregon Coastal Management Program is to work in partnership with coastal local governments, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that Oregon’s coastal and ocean resources are manage, conserved, and developed consistent with statewide planning goals.
To accomplish our mission we provide substantial financial and technical assistance to coastal local governments for planning, capacity building, and special projects. We coordinate and integrate programs of local, state, and federal agencies to support local planning and to protect and restore coastal natural resources. We review state and federal permits to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal program requirements. And we use the Internet to provide coastal data and information to a wide public through the Oregon Coastal Atlas.
To accomplish our mission, the Oregon Coastal Management Program knits together various state statutes for managing our coastal lands and waters into a single, coordinated package.  The lands and waters managed by the Program are defined as Oregon's Coastal Zone.
The Oregon Coastal Zone.
Oregon Coastal Management Program staff.
Coastal Program Overview, Structure, Funding of the Oregon Coastal Management Program.
General information on the Coastal Zone.
Learn about Oregon’s Beach Bill from Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The major program activities of the Oregon Coastal Management Program include:
In addition to the land use planning grants made available statewide to local governments by the Department of Land Conservation & Development, the department’s Oregon Coastal Management Program also provides special "coastal" grants.
Permits issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of State Lands are reviewed for consistency with the Oregon Coastal Management Program's rules.
The ocean/land interface is dynamic.  The Oregon Coastal Management Program supports efforts to understand shoreland processes and assist local jurisdictions in managing the impacts of coastal hazards on development.
Oregon has been a national leader in planning for and managing ocean resources within the Coastal Management Program.  Statewide Planning (Goal 19, Ocean Resources) adopted in 1977 and amended in 2000 is the principal policy framework while the 1991 Oregon Legislature created an Ocean Resources Management Program within the OCMP that was amended in 2003 (ORS 196.405).
The Oregon Coastal Management Program provides support to local efforts to manage water quality.
The Oregon Coastal Atlas, www.coastalatlas.net, is a web-based tool for delivering data, maps, and other information about Oregon’s coastal resources and features to users via the Internet.  A wide range of traditional and digital information is available to inform decision-making for permits, development applications, educational purposes, planning a trip to a coastal site, deciding on a property purchase, and many other potential uses.  The Oregon Coastal Atlas was developed in cooperation with Oregon State University and other partners and is a principal information node in the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN).
  • Public Access to Coastal Waters
Maintaining and improving public access to coastal waters is an important objective of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program.  Oregon maintains a detailed inventory of coastal access sites along the entire ocean shore, around estuaries, along rivers and lakes throughout the Coastal Zone.  The type of access and other information are included about each one.
  • Public Outreach
An informative document for citizens is A Citizen’s Guide to the Oregon Coastal Management Program (pdf). This is a useful how-to book about coastal management in Oregon. It tells you who makes what decisions, the legal requirements for decisions, and how you can participate.
For a more in-depth discussion of citizen involvement, please visit DLCD’s "virtual citizen’s guide to Oregon’s land use planning program" [the section titled Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee]. Here you can read about the statewide Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee, as well as printed and on-line citizen’s guides showing you how to work with the planning program.